Klinsmann claims VAR had an effect on Kane’s missed penalty
Former Germany and USA coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, expressed his opinion on England’s costly miss.
Following England’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of France, Jurgen Klinsmann thinks that there is “more to come” from this England team. However, he did feel that Kane’s missed penalty may have been influenced by the lengthy VAR check beforehand.
The game was controversial to say the least with referee Wilton Sampaio being criticized by several of England’s players. Sampaio decided against a penalty when Theo Hernandez shoved Mason Mount but a lengthy VAR check made him turn back on his decision, eventually giving a second penalty to England whichHarry Kane
Now Jurgen Klinsmann who is a part of FIFA’s Technical Study Group, says that the lengthy VAR check might’ve been the reason behind the penalty miss.
"From the time that he whistles for the penalty until the time he gets a chance to actually execute the penalty, there's far, far too much time passing by, and it works into your brain,"
"I'm obviously a big Harry Kane fan and if Harry had the chance to just put the ball down and shoot, no big deal.
"But the whole VAR situation, double-checking whether it was a penalty… time goes by and by and by.
"Then you obviously start thinking and you get to a point where you don't execute the penalty the way you would have done it right after the whistle."
Klinsmann was however optimistic about England’s future under Southgate, saying: "I think, overall, it was a very positive presentation from the English side in this entire tournament," the 1990 World Cup winner said.
"This game, France v England, came just too early. It should have been a semi-final or the final.
"But one team had to go home and unfortunately it was England, from an English perspective. But I think overall they played a very good tournament.
"It's still a team in growth. I think this team is still able to get better over the next few years. They are, age-wise, not on the limit now by any means.
"They have a lot of talent coming through, getting better, getting more experienced. They have now had three very positive tournaments with the one in Russia [in 2018], obviously the Euros where they went to the final.
"Now I think this was a very positive tournament, even if it ended in the quarter-finals. There's more to come from this England side, in my opinion."
He did give his thoughts on Brazil’s penalty shoot-out against Croatia as well, saying:
"Put your best shooter first. Set the tone with your best penalty-taker."
This refers to Rodrygo taking the first penalty and notNeymar
and then missing it.
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